FIFTH WEEK OF DECEMBER

SPORTSMANSHIP: The ability to take winning or losing with respect for self and others

Vs. Being a poor sport

  • SUGGESTED READING:
    Stone Soup; Call it Courage
    Let's Talk About Being a Bad Sport
    Mighty Casey at Bat
  • SUGGESTED FILM:
    Rudy Hoosiers
  • SONGS:
    We Are the Champions

FAMILY ACTIVITY:

  • Discuss the importance of playing to enjoy a game, not just to win.
  • Make time to play games with your kids on a regular basis, but do not focus on who wins. Reward them for trying and for keeping their cool.
  • When your kids are involved in athletics, do not make winning the most important thing. Celebrate with them when they win and more importantly when they lose.
  • At athletic events, be a good example for your children by being polite and positive, especially at your children's games.

CLASS ACTIVITY:

  • Divide the class into teams and play a game. Tell them that there will be a prize at the end of the game. When the game is over give a prize, of equal value, to both teams.
  • When your students play games in P.E. do not allow members of a winning team to boast about winning.

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it." -Lou Holtz, long time head football coach at Notre Dame

"It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." -Anonymous

"Life is a game like any other, we just don't take it as seriously." -Babe Ruth

Perform a Random Act of Kindness Each Day

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